Sheffield Doc/Fest Marketplace has revealed the 64 documentary project teams selected to pitch at the UK festival’s flagship MeetMarket, including Jennifer Brea and Patricia E. Gillespie’s Canary in a Coal Mine (pictured).
The MeetMarket, now in its 11th year, matches documentarians and interactive media makers with key commissioners and international decision makers. Last year 1,400 match-made meetings took place over the two-day event. This year’s film program – which will launch on May 5 – will include 11 films that have come through the MeetMarket.
Decision makers so far confirmed for this year’s market include executives from Google’s VR department, Netflix, National Film Board of Canada, Hot Docs, A+E Networks, Britdoc, Dogwoof, NHK andBBC, among others.
Established international filmmakers among the 64 projects selected for this year’s MeetMarket include Yang Sun and S. Leo Chiang’s Ma Liang’s Time Machine (Walking Iris Media, China), exploring the themes of memory and time, as well as the lasting impact of the Cultural Revolution; Paul Lovelace and Jessica Wolfson’s Did It! From Yippie to Yuppie: Jerry Rubin, An American Revolutionary (Lost Footage Films, USA), profiling 1960s activist Jerry Rubin; Katrine A. Sahlstrøm and Katrine Philp’s In the Closed Room (Good Company Pictures, Denmark), about the conservative American justice system; and Brea and Gillespie’s Canary in a Coal Mine (Little By Little Films Ltd, UK), which documents the director’s personal battle to convince physicians that her illness was not ‘all in the head,’ along with four other patients.
Selected pitch entries also include Susan Littenberg, Amanda Spain, and Dava Whisenant’s The Industrial Musicals Movie (Cactus Flower Films, Inc., USA), about David Letterman’s attempted rescue of the corporate musical from obscurity; and Frank van den Engel and Jeroen Berkvens’ Daughters of Soul (Zeppers Film, Netherlands), on Nina Simone’s daughters and their complicated upbringing.
In addition, 23 project teams have been selected to pitch at the Alternate Realities Market. Previously named the Interactive and Virtual Reality Projects Market, the event looks to provide international funding to interactive, immersive and virtual reality projects within the documentary space.
Among the projects selected to pitch are Leah Borromeo and Katharine Round’s Climate Symphony (Disobedient/ Forma Arts, UK); Tishna Molla and Kristian Mosvold’s We Are the Gun; Sarah Arruda, Claire Cook and Sam Smail’s The Boy in the Book: A Choose Your Own Document (Thinking Violets, UK); Jamie Lochead’s Victoria’s Cancer Diaries (Windfall Films, UK); and Betzabé García’s #Mickey (Venado Films, Mexico).
A total of 30 countries – including Iran, Indonesia, Lithuania, Jordan and Mexico – will be represented across both markets.
Elsewhere, the summer festival’s latest addition, the On-Screen Factual Talent Market, has selected 18 participants from a list of more than 70 to participate in a training workshop led by the Academic Ideas Lab before pitching ideas to industry experts at this year’s Doc/Fest.
The On-Screen Factual Talent Market aims to connect factual and specialist factual experts with producers and commissioners looking for “new and emerging diverse faces” for their programs.
This year’s Sheffield Doc/Fest takes place from June 10 to 15.